Classical singer Russell Watson is to perform at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen for a spectacular one-off charity concert this summer.
The Lancashire-born tenor will visit Aberdeen for the performance on Thursday, August 21. He will be accompanied by the Aberdeen Sinfonietta.
Sponsored by BP, the event is being organised by the Lord Provost’s Charitable Trust, with all proceeds going to its chosen beneficiary, Scottish social care charity Cornerstone.
Russell has been singing since he was a child and become known after performing at a working men’s club.
He has released singles and albums of both operatic and pop songs and will be showcasing his latest album, ‘Only One Man’, as well as popular classical numbers.
Founded in 1987, Aberdeen Sinfonietta has established itself as one of the foremost contributors to music-making in the north-east, giving regular concerts in the Music Hall as well as providing the orchestra for choral societies in and around Aberdeen.
Lord Provost George Adam said the night was set to be a huge success.
He said: “We are absolutely thrilled Russell Watson has agreed to perform in Aberdeen for the Lord Provost’s Charitable Trust for one night only, to raise money for Cornerstone and help the people the charity supports.
“With the superb backing of Aberdeen Sinfonietta, this will be a fantastic night for music fans and we expect the tickets to sell very quickly.”
Edel Harris, chief executive of Cornerstone, said: “We are very grateful to BP for sponsoring this special concert and to the Lord Provost’s Charitable Trust for choosing Cornerstone as the beneficiary. I am sure it will be a real treat for all fans of classical music.
“All the money raised on the night will help adults, young people and children across Scotland who have learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health problems and other support needs and who are supported by Cornerstone.”
Independent of the City Council, the Lord Provost’s Charitable Trust was set up in the millennium to support good causes of all kinds in Aberdeen.
The board of trustees meets regularly to consider applications for financial support, with funds coming from donations as well as the proceeds from events which have included a fashion show, charity ball and a variety show at HMT.
Tickets priced from £40 including booking fee are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.